There was no speaker at the May meeting of Acklington WI as it was resolutions night.
There was a lot of discussion regarding the proposal of The Decline of our High Streets.
Living in a rural village we looked at and discussed the high streets/shopping facilities in Amble, Alnwick, Morpeth, Ashington, Blyth, Cramlington and Newcastle.
The conclusion was that, although members shopped at the places mentioned, many members tended to visit the larger pedestrianised towns which have a greater variety of shops.
It was also noted that there seemed to be a growing number of empty shops. High rents along with responsibility by councils, landlords and the public could be a contributory factor for the decline.
A report on the spring council meeting at Alnwick Playhouse was given by Flora Steele (president) who said it was a very informative, enjoyable and humorous day and well attended by many Institutes.
Two bursaries were on offer within the Northumberland Federation in remembrance of Heather Abrahams and Margaret Clemenson which could be used for Denman College or anywhere within the UK.
A Tyne River Cruise from the Quayside to the countryside was the most popular choice and it was suggested that this could also be opened to partners and other Institutes locally.
A few had put their names down for the Helen Grierson Working with Glass workshop and a date was to be decided for a Saturday between June and September.
Barbara Cock informed us about the recent archives days she had been to at Woodhorn and Cresswell House and how all members could assist with providing material, particularly from many years ago, and, if possible, to include names of people on photographs.
Barbara was very keen that we should let her have any material we have.
The reading aloud team gave a competition style performance of their readings for the forthcoming finals.
The finals were held at Stannington Village Hall on May 16, and both the spoken word group and the choral team were placed second, which is an excellent result.
The teams consisted of June Barras, Sylvia Linnett, Wilma Nicoll, Doreen Colbourne, Moira Peden and Barbara King.
The competition for a poem about the decline of High Streets was won by Linda Aston with Barbara Cock second and Moira Peden third.
The subject for next month’s meeting on Tuesday, June 11, is Amazing Stories on the Fire Service presented by Peter Weighill.
The meeting starts at 7.15pm in the main hall and all visitors and potential members are very welcome to come along.